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SELF-AWARENESS IS THE KEY TO BETTER SELF EXPRESSION

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NLP : Neuro Linguistic Programing

SELF-AWARENESS IS THE KEY TO BETTER SELF EXPRESSION

SELF-AWARENESS IS THE KEY TO BETTER SELF EXPRESSION

“Self –Awareness is a key to Self-Mastery.” – Gretchen Rubin

Awareness is the key to everything. Let’s talk about Self- Awareness, Self –Awareness can be surprisingly difficult, people are not always aware of their feelings and the thoughts connected to them. You might not be aware of the thoughts that are shaping your behavior. Tracking your thoughts, moment by moment, takes focus and patience, and a little distance, as you calmly observe your own passions.

Self –Awareness begins with awareness of your body, your entire body. What is it doing? How is it positioned? How does it feel? Is there tension? Is there pain? Is there comfort? As Mind and Body are one, you can learn a great deal about your emotions by paying attention to your body. Emotion often begins with sensations from your internal organs and tissues, from the hormones in your blood, and from the activity of your immune system. The basic feeling that accompanies you throughout the day – whether pleasant, neutral, or painful – arise from the ongoing process within you that delivers a constant flow of sensations.

Paying attention to these without worry but just calm curiosity will help you to be mindful of what your body needs, where tension causes discomfort or pain, how your body holds itself when you are anxious or frightened. Then, if you imagine feeling excited, eager, and curious, you will understand how that changes your bodily sensations. Another important route to Self-Awareness is naming your emotions that’s why many therapists have the saying, “Name it to tame it” But to name an emotion such as anger, you need courage, patience, and humility. As soon as you do name an emotion, such as anger, fear, delight, or love, you can then gather the strength to take note of the contexts and thoughts that are part of that particular emotion. After all, anger is a feeling, but it always carries with it some thought, however irrational, such as “That person insulted me.” Fear carries the thought, “That person is threatening me.” Excitement too includes thoughts and expectations about what is going to happen and how that will feel.

Once you have identified the emotion and spotted the thoughts connected to the emotion, you can assess whether the thoughts are helpful and realistic, or whether they are irrational in this particular context. “This person is not a real threat, so perhaps my old fears of the parent or partner who bullied me are triggering the fear. But I do not need to be afraid now.” As you maintain Self-Awareness, you will be better at communicating your feelings (because you know what they are), understanding all this helps you to express yourself fully and authentically.

 

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